(Sporting Alert) — Lewis Hamilton, starting the race in pole position battled through to claim his first victory for Mercedes at Sunday Formula One Hungary Grand Prix.
Hamilton, who gave Mercedes their seventh pole position of the season after the practice sessions on Saturday, had questioned his own abilities to stay focus to snatch his first win this season, but was full of joy as he crosses the finish line in first place.
The Great Britain star covered the 70 lap contest in 1:27.709, as he captured the Hungary Grand Prix for the fourth time and his team was delighted for the victory.
“Brilliant job,” Mercedes team boss Ross Brawn said.
Hamilton himself was pleased to have come away with his first Mercedes win.
“Thank you so much for all your hard work guys,” said Hamilton, who grab 25pts for his effort. “This is fantastic.”
He added: “It’s an incredible feeling and I’d like to thank all the fans. My team did an incredible job, we studied a lot last night and were hoping the tyres would last. We had no idea it would go that well.
“I was hungry for it today, I was going all out. Usually I get stuck in traffic and today I was going for every move I could.”
Meanwhile, Lotus’ Kimi Raikkonen was second, while third went to reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull Racing.
Mark Webber of Red Bull was fourth, with Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, Romain Grosjean of Lotus, Jenson Button of McLaren, Felipe Massa of Ferrari and McLaren’s Sergio Perez and Williams’ Pastor Maldonado taking care of the top ten and grabbing the points.
Hungary Grand Prix Result
|3||Sebastian Vettel||1||Red Bull||2||+00:12.459||15|
|4||Mark Webber||2||Red Bull||10||+00:18.044||12|
|12||Jean-Eric Vergne||18||Toro Rosso||14||lapped||0|
|13||Daniel Ricciardo||19||Toro Rosso||8||lapped||0|
|14||Giedo van der Garde||21||Caterham||20||lapped||0|
|18||Paul Di Resta||14||Force India||18||retired, 66 laps||0|
|19||Nico Rosberg||9||Mercedes||4||retired, 64 laps||0|
|20||Valtteri Bottas||17||Williams||16||retired, 42 laps||0|
|21||Esteban Gutierrez||12||Sauber||17||retired, 28 laps||0|
|22||Adrian Sutil||15||Force India||11||retired, 19 laps||0|